Etihad Rail is inviting companies to submit prequalification documents by 14 July for the supply of railway maintenance equipment for the UAE’s $11bn railway project.

The equipment includes a high-speed tamper, high-speed ballast distribution system-plow and broom, ballast conveyor car, production switch tamper, ballast regulator, speed swing, sand remover, sleeper crane, sleeper inserter/remover, mobile flash-butt welder, mobile vacuum truck, shunting locomotive, bottom dump ballast wagon, side dump ballast wagon, maintenance of way flat wagon, scorpion wagon, excavator, road grader and several other related equipment.

Etihad Rail received 12 bids on 1 June for the civil engineering package (MEED 2:6:11). The package includes civil structures, systems, facilities and track work. The contract is expected to be awarded in the summer.

The bidders include:

  • Al-Habtoor Leighton Group (local/Australia)/John Holland (Australia)
  • Astaldi (Italy)/Nurol (Turkey)
  • Consolidated Contractors Company (CCC) (Athens-based)/OHL (Spain)
  • Ircon International (India)/Railtrack India (India)
  • Samsung C&T (South Korea)/Impregilo (Italy)/Tristar (local)
  • Al-Jaber Group (local)/China Railway Construction Company (China)
  • Saipem (Italy)/Tecnimont (Italy)
  • Saif bin Darwish (local)/Al-Futtaim Carillion (local/UK)
  • Fujita Corporation (Japan)/Sagar Infra Rail International (Siril) (India)
  • GS Engineering & Construction (South Korea)/Al-Naboodah Contracting (local)

A US-based group comprising Aecom and Parsons International are project management consultants on the project. The UK’s Atkins will carry out preliminary engineering for the entire railway.

The first phase of the railway involves building a 265-kilometre track between the port of Ruwais and gas fields at Shah and Habshan. The first part of the work will involve building the line from Ruwais to Habshan, which will be able to transport 10,000 tonnes a day (t/d) of granulated sulphur. This will increase to 20,000 t/d when the line is completed to Shah.